The table is set. The prosecco is chilled. Now it’s time to slip into your party attire before your guests arrive. Somehow, a little black dress and stilettos doesn’t feel right this time.
So what do you wear? Try elevated and stylish loungewear.
“If you’re running around and cooking, the last thing you want to do is feel restricted in a dress and heels,” Ashley Fultz, a Los Angeles stylist, said. “Instead, opt for a pair of embellished flats that still make any look polished.”
Other pieces she recommends are trousers, ideally with an expandable waistline, paired with a lightweight sweater.
Fashion stylist Heathyr Wolfe said she leans toward velvet at this time of year, and that silhouettes should be relaxed.
“For dresses and pants, keep it feminine and flowing,” she said. “Loose can be stylish and on-trend.” Color is also important, she said. So look for pieces in deep red, purple and pale blue.
Now, here are some ideas for festive, elegant and comfortable dressing when you’re hosting at home this season.
The best-selling Errol dress from Rachel Pally has a lounge-but-dressy versatility that makes it a standout on the home-dinner-party circuit. Made from modal jersey, the full-length dress cinches loosely at the waist and has a delicate ruffle. $260. Available at www.rachelpally.com.
This Embellished Tory Tunic from Tory Burch boasts embroidery inspired by Romanian needlework. Slip this ivory-on-black one, in crisp cotton poplin, over an easy pair of black pants. $398. Available at www.toryburch.com.
B Collection by Bobeau
The Madison Crushed Velvet Joggers from B Collection by Bobeau are given the luxe treatment with a grosgrain ribbon seam and a tassel drawstring waist band. Pair with a sweater, elongated cardigan or loose-fitting tunic. $108. Available at www.bobeau.com.
Instead of greeting your guests in your bunny slippers, there are Birdies, a footwear brand offering an assortment of stylish women’s slippers made for entertaining at home. The Greenfinch is fashioned from embroidered suede and has a comfy quilted insole. $140. Available at birdiesslippers.com.
A dramatic pair of earrings is about the only jewelry you’ll need, and unlike hefty cuffs or knuckle rings, these are fuss-free and will stay out of the way. Fun and modern are these black leather earrings from Los Angeles designer Victoria Natkin Goodman. They come with silver or gold beads and can also be made in different leather colors such as pearl and blue. $225. Available at www.vngjewelry.com.
Rossi & Rei
Burgundy red is just one of the colors available in this cozy-yet-sexy V-neck from Rossi & Rei. The sweater, which is made from fine Italian merino wool in the Le Marche region of Italy, can be customized to include buttons to be worn cardigan-style, and has a tie-up in the back. Pair with velvet joggers or a long skirt. $295. Available at rossi-rei.com.
Marie France Van Damme
Yes, caftans can be cool. The Seersucker Lamé Boubou caftan from Marie France Van Damme is made from pale-gold textured silk and has a nostalgic, golden-age-of-Hollywood sensibility. With a V-neck and half batwing sleeves, this one-size-fits-all dress can have a multitude of uses while putting comfort first. $1,800. Available at the Marie France Van Damme boutique at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, www.mariefrancevandamme.com.
Put this relaxed, elongated embroidered velvet blazer from Los Angeles brand Fifteen Twenty over a pair of pants for look that is vaguely reminiscent of wearing a smoking jacket. $319. Available at www.fifteentwenty.com.
The print on the wide-leg knit pant from Tabula Rasa is inspired by an ancient Indian tapestry from the Mughal dynasty. Available in white on black or navy on camel, the easy-wear pants can be teamed with a ribbed pullover or blouse. $495. Available at tabularasa-ny.com.
This emerald-colored sweater dress from Karen Kane has an A-line fit, bell sleeves and a flattering keyhole cutout. $109. Available at www.karenkane.com.